July 14, 2017
Do you know how much sunscreen a family of four should go through each month during the summer? Believe it or not, the answer is 128 fluid ounces if you’re poolside on a daily basis. To put that number into perspective, just picture a big plastic gallon of milk.
According to the experts at the American Academy of Dermatology, the correct way to apply full-body sunscreen is to use one fluid ounce each time we cover up.
And I know all of us can also picture what one ounce looks like (ahem…shot glass). Of course, if you’re built like Dwayne Johnson, you may need a wee bit more than an ounce. If you’re built like Tinkerbell, probably somewhat less. You see what I’m getting at.
The topic of sunscreen is broad and varied. How to select the right type. Which SPF to use. Whether to even use sunscreen at all. I’m not going to get into any of that. If I’m honest, Google can help you find that information in literally a fraction of a second and from a much better authority than me. No, what I want to talk about is simply the how to.
Like the one-ounce thing. Did you even know you’re supposed to use that much? I know it was news to me. So I compiled a little cheat sheet of a few things you might not know about the mechanics of simply putting on sunscreen. Are you ready?
*The 20 – 30 minute guideline applies unless you’re using a mineral-based sunscreen, which blocks UV rays with physical filters instead of chemical filters. If your sunscreen lists zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as the primary active ingredient(s), then you can likely forego the 20 – 30 minute waiting period.
I’m Kathy. I love pen and paper, glue and glitter, trees and tents, chopping, mincing, stirring, kneading. I run a little, swim a little, and curse a little (especially when I’m too ambitious about the other two). I have one husband, two young kids, and until quite recently, two Madagascar hissing cockroaches in an aquarium in the living room. I’ve lived here and there across the U.S. and the world and am happiest huddled in a corner of the couch reading mystery novels.
This article was originally published on IBX Insights.